Robert "Bob" Sullivan, age 83, Retired Truck Driver, Member of Spanky's Gang Hunters Club, Loved to Play the Ponies
Cherry Hill – formerly of Lumberton and Moorestown, NJ. passed on September 14, 2022. Age 83. Born in Camden, NJ he was the son of the late Arthur R. and Martha (Johnson) Sullivan. Bob spent the second half of his youth in Hainesport graduating from Rancocas Valley Regional High School. Soon after he honored his country by serving in the U.S. Airforce. Although he did decide to leave the service in his own unique way.
He later worked for Nash Cohen, Jaynes Motor Freight and SP Richards where he retired in 2003 with over forty years of service as a truck driver. He loved being a truck driver and never-ever would have wanted to be behind a desk.
In his early youth, Bob loved driving down the shore through the NJ Pine Barrens ending up at The Dunes or other music and dance venue with friends. Boy, the stories he could tell about those Rob Roy cocktail days.
Bob aka “Red Dog” was a member of Spanky’s Gang Hunting Club. An avid hunter, he loved simply building a deer stand and enjoying a coffee in the ice-cold Fall Jersey days with friends scouting out the right location for hunting deer, pheasant, and rabbit. Bob enjoyed horse racing, and when the NJ Racetrack folded it was a sad sad day. While he begrudgingly went online for penny races, it was just never the same as live racing with friends, and the occasional daughter that might accompany him.
In his later years Robert loved sharing coffee with friends. He was also an avid binge watcher of Netflix sharing back and forth recommendations with family (with alien documentaries as favorite). Around the same time, he took on learning the computer and embracing Facebook with feverish delight. He would send any number of political rants, philosophical sayings or cute kids doing something that would make you laugh. And while one could lose hours in a hearty debate on religion or politics, he was someone who agreed to disagree and move on.
But all-in-all Robert’s happiest and proudest moments were his family. He appreciated all conversations or any length. And even when bed-bound this last year you’d likely overhear him boasting about all the family taped to his walls to the nursing home staff.
Dad would sometimes sing “the partyyyyy’s oooovvvver” and I guess this time the party is now really over. We love you dad!
Bob is survived by Susan Oppelt, and grandson Roman Sullivan Oppelt, Barbara and Michael Lefand, Janice Sullivan, Carol Barnhart and Ernest Del Bosque, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Graveside Services will be celebrated at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, September 21st in Locustwood Memorial Park, 1550 Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill, NJ. Honoring his wishes there will be no visitation or viewing.
Condolences and Memories may be shared at www.mccannhealey.com under the obituary of Robert ‘Bob” Sullivan.
Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: Gloucester City Ph: 856-456-1142